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December
2006

 

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Weekend Report   Sunday ..... 31 December 2006 ....

HAPPY NEW YEARS

From 

RiverBills.com

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Happy New Year From RiverBills.com.......  Thought the above picture was appropriate for today.  Celebrate, enjoy and most of all be safe

 

  See ya all next year.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was neat looking sunset taken of the deck at Sharky's Restaurant a few weeks ago .  I thought it was very appropriate for closing out the year. Its looking up Dardenne Slough towards the power-lines.  Neat colors and an ominous looking sky

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     The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ..........was a picture of the  sun setting on 2004 . 

Tonight.... New Years Eve At Sharky's Cove

$ 15.00 cover charge per person

Includes:

.....Appetizer Buffet & More from 7-9
.....Live Music by "Sitting Ducks" 9-1
.....Champagne at Midnight
.....Cash Bar

      Click here for Sharkys Cove website

 

 

Weekend Report    Saturday.... 30 December 2006 ....

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Our River Picture of the Day.......  is a pic from last Summer.  Boats all rafted up in Mason Chute for an afternoon of Summer fun.   That's hills above Grafton in the distance.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was a a shot of a gorgeous sunset that Dave Kelly, who hails out of  Woodland marina,  took while crossing the Gulf of Mexico after traveling down the Mississippi River on one of his boat delivery trips in mid December.

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     The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ..........was of the of the Grafton Ferry heading across the Illinois River.  The sun was just about ready to disappear for the day when this picture was taken creating an orange glow in the sky that sort of outlines the trees on the island in the background.

Tomorrow Night .. New Years Eve At Sharky's Cove........ 

$ 15.00 cover charge per person

Includes:

.....Appetizer Buffet & More from 7-9
.....Live Music by "Sitting Ducks" 9-1
.....Champagne at Midnight
.....Cash Bar

      Click here for Sharkys Cove website

 

 

Friday.....29 December 2006 ....

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Our River Picture of the Day.......  is a picture of the bluffs along the Great River Road on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River between Grafton and Alton, IL.   

   I bet they have a great view from that house on the top of the bluffs. (right hand side.) 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was a a shot of a gorgeous sunset that Dave Kelly, who hails out of  Woodland marina,  took while crossing the Gulf of Mexico after traveling down the Mississippi River on one of his boat delivery trips in mid December.

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     The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ..........was of the of the Grafton Ferry heading across the Illinois River.  The sun was just about ready to disappear for the day when this picture was taken creating an orange glow in the sky that sort of outlines the trees on the island in the background.

Tonight .....Cindra's Birthday Party at Sharky's 

 

        Big Five Oh ! Birthday Party For Cindra At Sharky's Cove 


Cindra is the manager at Sharky's..... you all know her !

Stop by and help her celebrate
Everyone is welcome

DJ and finger foods

Dec 29th......Starts at  7:00 PM

Sunday Night....... New Years Eve At Sharky's Cove

$ 15.00 cover charge per person

Includes:

.....Appetizer Buffet & More from 7-9
.....Live Music by "Sitting Ducks" 9-1
.....Champagne at Midnight
.....Cash Bar

      Click here for Sharkys Cove website

New Years Day.... Winter Water Ski Fundraiser ------  

To all Wake boarders ,water-skiers, friends, is it getting to COLD for you ??????

WATER-SKIING ON NEW YEARS DAY on the Mississippi in front of the ARCH in St Louis 

If you would like to help, ski, attend, raise $$ or any thing please send me your e-mail and I will forward you the necessary info and set some plans for reaching our Goal !!!   Send an e-mail to Hotttdog@aol.com

  Click here for more information

 

REMEMBER  BE A CHAMPION !!

Kevin Day
LAKESHORE SKI CO.

 

 

 Thursday.....28 December 2006 ....

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day.......  Is from Sean Koepke.  He sent us a couple of pictures of a tow and the Golden Eagle Ferry that he took a few weeks ago.

 

Hey,
I'm Sean, I took this picture from the weekend of the 16th of December. We were coming home from our river home above Winfield Dam on the Mississippi River and seen a barge passing in front of the Golden EagleFerry and took a quick picture, it was taken while waiting in line for the ferry.

The next picture is taken off the ferry facing down river as the barge keeps on moving

Keep up the work, I love this website.
-Sean  

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Sean.  Keep them coming

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was  a fantastic sunset taken Monday evening from the deck of the Grafton Ferry,.... taken by Captain Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.   

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     The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ..........was of the Golden Eagle Ferry that was taken on a bright cold day last year. The ferry is heading towards the Missouri side of the Mississippi River to unload some vehicles from Illinois.

River Fest 2006 ---- Mike Vitale, who hails out of the Duck Club in the cruiser IN_XS, has created a slide show he named "River Fest 2006" for us......featuring pictures submitted by many of Mike and Tammy's river friends.  This time of year it's good to look at pictures from last Summer ...And.....What a good year it was !

   The collection of pictures is quite entertaining and it's set to music.....so log on, sit back and enjoy ! 

  

Click here  to watch River Fest 2006........(Adults Only)

 

 

Wednesday.....27 December 2006 ....

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day.......  Is from Greg Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland marina. Greg moves a lot of boats all over the United States by piloting them up and down the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee Rivers, Inter-costal Waterways, up and down the eastern seaboard, across the Great lakes, the gulf of Mexico and more.   He has been all over the place in the short time I have know him !   

   This trip he is moving a ship from Japan to New Zealand.  When they stopped in Guam, he sent us a Christmas e-mail:

 

Hello all and Season's Greetings from Guam, staying here a few days.  ere's a picture of the boat attached. This place is beautiful!
We have come 1,370 nautical miles from Japan, average speed 10 kts.  Destination "New Zealand" is still approximate 3,800 nautical miles to go.
Greg, Sid, Malcolm, Catherine, Murry, Rod, Lewis, Callum  

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was sent in by Captain Dave Kelly, who hails outt of Woodland Marina.  Its a mature eagle on the ice on the river.  What a good picture !

 

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     The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ..........was was sent in by Brad and it's a pic of some of the bluffs along the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. The picture was taken in late October of the year.

ITCS Memo ...... Illinois River Update ---- ITCS Memo dated 26 December with more info on the flood water coming down the Illinois River.

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2456  

An e-mail from Joe Cona.....This one got lost in my in-box. I have had it since the snow storm back in early December.

    It's an e-mail and website link from Joe Cona.  He used to boat the Mississippi River, but he is now sailing in Floridian.  

 

Joe wrote:

  

Hi - A friend just sent me a link to your site regarding the snow storm damage.   Great site, I didn't even know you existed. 

   I kept my boat Carpe Diem, a C&C Landfall 43 sailboat, in Harbor Point Yacht Club (www.harbor-point.org) for 13 years.  I was elected to the Board of Directors of Harbor Point for two years, serving as Commodore in 2002. 

   A couple years ago, I moved the boat to FL, and embarked on a slow six-month tour of the Florida Keys. I thought you might want to include a link to my website and it's detailed cruising log at www.cona.net 


Joe Cona 

905 North Harbor City Blvd

Unit 303 

Melbourne, FL 32935 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the e-mail Joe ! 

   I added a link to your website at the bottom of the left hand column of this web page. Stay in touch and keep us updated on your travels.

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Days: ----  Tuesday and Wednesday at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL .......8:30 AM

 Learn to tell between mature and inmature bald eagles, what they eat, why they winter in this area and much more.  Reservations are required. Includes a short video and an observational drive for some eagle watching. 

For more information  

Go to .........http://www.greatriverroad.com/Pere/eventswinterpere.htm

Call 618-786-3323.

 

 

Tuesday.....26 December 2006 ....

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Our River Picture of the Day.......  is a pic from the Winfield RiverCam yesterday morning....Christmas.   It may be Christmas, but the river keeps on flowing and the tow operators keep on pushing that cargo up-river.  

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was sent in by Jim Vineyard of the Duck Club.   Jim took this one of an eagle in a tree last winter up-river from the Duck Club's clubhouse.  

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     The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ..........was named

 

..... Oooh Oooh Oooh Lookin Out My Back Door ------ 1st.. A bit of history on the picture... Mike D was talking to me on the phone. He stops in the middle of a sentence and says "OH MY GOD ~~~~ I got to go !"    Later he called back and told us what happened. A towboat pulled right up in front of his house. He said it was very close to the house and parallel to his seawall. After that it backed out into the river channel turning until it was 90 degrees to the riverbank. Then it pulled up on the rock bank right outside of Mike's backdoor

    Wow - What a picture !    It was between Mikes house and the pavilion at the entrance to the harbor at Two Branch Marina. A couple of guys got out and loaded boxes from a waiting pickup truck on to the towboat. Then the towboat backed out away from the bank and headed back up-river

   All in a day of living next to the River.     

ITCS Memo ......Update On Flood Water Coming Down The Illinois River ---- Update ITCS Memo with some info on river levels, forecasts and crest levels.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2455  

Progress Report ~~ Dutch & the  Scoundrel......  

 

Dutch updated his website on December 21 with more pictures from his trip from St. Louis to the Bahamas where he plans to spend the Winter.    Then around the loop and back to St. Louis.  Keep your anchor right here for updates and pictures as he sends them in or click on his website link, TheScoundrel.com ,  in the left hand column of this web page to check for travel updates.  

The Quagga Mussel.....Larry Demko of Fastrac Media, who hails out of the Duck Club, sent us a link to an article from the on-line Cleveland.com Newspaper about another species of invader mussel that is currently in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

Click here to read the news article in Cleveland.com

Click here for more information on the Quagga Mussel

Click here for information on where they are at in our waterways

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Days: ----  Tuesday and Wednesday at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL .......8:30 AM

 Learn to tell between mature and inmature bald eagles, what they eat, why they winter in this area and much more.  Reservations are required. Includes a short video and an observational drive for some eagle watching. 

For more information  

Go to .........http://www.greatriverroad.com/Pere/eventswinterpere.htm

Call 618-786-3323.

 

 

Christmas Monday.......25 December 2006 ....

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Our River Picture of the Day.......  is great shot of the sun setting over the Illinois River near Grafton, IL.     

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Days: ---- This Tuesday and Wednesday at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL .......8:30 AM

 Learn to tell between mature and inmature bald eagles, what they eat, why they winter in this area and much more.  Reservations are required. Includes a short video and an observational drive for some eagle watching. 

For more information  

Go to .........http://www.greatriverroad.com/Pere/eventswinterpere.htm

Call 618-786-3323.

ITCS Memo ......High Water On The Illinois River ---- Safety advisory issued due to high water levels on the Illinois River.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2454  

The Weekend Report.......Fri, Sat, Sun......22, 23, 24 December 2006 ....

Our River Picture of the Day.....(Sunday)...  Is named 

  T'was the night before Christmas 

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Our River Picture of the Day.....(Saturday)...  is of a "Lost Red River Buoy"..... floating up against the rocks across the river from Alton, IL.  That  "Winter Blue" water of the Mississippi River really seems to offset the red color of the buoy in this shot.     

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Our River Picture of the Day.....(Friday)...  is a shot of a flock of Doves  Gulls feeding / fishing......diving into the river for their dinner........ at dusk last Sunday evening. 

 

Riverbill says....Thanks for all the e-mails..... and one a phone call about these birds being Gulls and not Doves. 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

 

Sunday 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was named    The Night Before Christmas ........  I used it again this Christmas !

 

 

 

Saturday 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was of an eagle on an ice flow in the Illinois River, taken by Charles Wickenhauser who is the Manager of Grafton Harbor.  Charlie named it Grafton Harbor's very first transient guest.  

 

The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of the Loading Dock in Grafton, IL. located at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers with the bluffs along the Great River Road in the background. This picture was taken near the end of the day and you can see the reflection of the glowing winter sunset in the windows of the building.

 

 

 

Friday

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was  a great shot of an eagle taken by Captain Glenn Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  

Glenn wrote:

 

Hey There Bill,

 

This is a photo that Maribeth and I snapped out here today.(Sat 12-17) ....

We had to break a little ice to get out of the marina.

We cruised around the islands and saw approx. 35 Eagles.

 

Thanks,

Cap't Glenn  

 

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 The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was a great October River Sunset sent in by Brad. The next picture was taken a bit later as the sun dips below the tree line and the sky seems to come alive with hues of yellow and red .

Info On Boat That Burned Near Hoppie's Marina....... Jim Svoboda sent us an e-mail with information about the boat that burnt near Hoppie's Marina on the Mississippi River, just south of St. Louis last weekend..

Jim wrote:

 

Bill, 

FYI, the burnt boat is the 40 foot Carver that was stolen from the Duck 
Club sometime last week. 

- the water patrol is involved. Looks like it may have been 
taken early Wednesday - they asked our Harbor Master, Harry Steele, if 
anyone noticed someone on the dock, which no one apparently did. I 
would think the water patrol would have an incident report in the near 
future. Happy Holidays!

Jim 

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the information Jim. 

Two missing Amish Boys ...... Lure of the Mississippi River & Reading About Huck Finn ........ There was a news story on 5ksdk.com about the two Amish boys that were missing earlier this week in the Bowling Green area of Missouri. 

   It was all about reading some of Mark Twain's novels and the lure of the Mississippi River.  

Click here to read the story in 5ksdk.com  

 

 

Thursday.....21 December 2006 ....

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Our River Pictures of the Day......  are some shots of the burnt out hull from last weekend's boat fire on the Mississippi River just south of St. Louis near Hoppie's Marina.     


Adams Kilbum wrote in his e-mail to Robert Cope:

 

Robert,

   Bill (Aanstad) went back over and the boat does appear to be a 40 footer as he did pace it off.  These eight additional photos should help identify. Note there is nothing left of the transom for name.

Kilburn

 

Pictures by Bill Aanstad, e-mails by Robert Cope and Adams Kilbum

 

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was of the work that was going on at the Grafton Harbor last year at this time.   

 

Charles Wickenhauser, the Manager of the harbor, wrote in his e-mail;

Here's a couple of pictures of our progress if you wish to post them. They show the levee that forms the leading edge of the marina starting to appear out of the water. It will raise 22 ft. out of the water when completed. That puts it at 441 ft. above sea level. ('93 flood stage).

The second picture is of the matting and rip wrap being applied to the excavated bank of the marina to prevent erosion. It's starting to look more like a Marina every day. I'll keep you posted as we proceed. Thanks for helping keep the boaters informed. 

Regards,

Charles Wickenhauser

Manager Grafton Harbor

 

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 The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was a shot of River Santa riding outside the wheelhouse on the Brussels Ferry as they ferried cars and trucks across the Illinois River. It "tis" the season to see Santa everywhere.

Winter Is Here ...... Today is the Winter Solstice.  It is the shortest day of the year and the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.    Fall is behind us and it is now Winter.........

 

A splash of good news too...

Tomorrow..... the number of day light hours start getting longer

 

For more info Click Here

    

Wednesday.....20 December 2006 ....

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River Picture of the Day......  is a shot of some of the inflatable pontoon barriers that have been put across the entrances to the harbors up and down the river.  The barriers are meant too keep the gasoline and motor oil that is seeping from the engines of the sunken boats in the harbors from entering the river.

 

Click here for more info on mechanical containment and recovery.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was  of  ski boats lining up for the start of a barefoot race on Cuivre River Slough last year.  Picture sent in by  Dri-Port Marine.

Update….Wood River Drainage and Levee District........ There was a news article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about the repairs needed on the levees in the  Wood River Drainage and Levee District. 

   The district's levees protect  Alton, East Alton, Hartford, Roxana, South Roxana and Wood River from flood water of the Mississippi River or its tributaries.

Click here to read the story in STLtoday.com    

 

 

Tuesday.....19 December 2006 ....

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Boat Fire...... Robert Cope forwarded the above pictures to me from Bill Anstead.

The following is from the string of e-mails:

 

 The boat was burning on the IL side of the Mississippi River near Hoppies Marina this past weekend. The pics were taken by Bill Aanstad. He and another guy were flying in their ultra lights, and Bill landed to assist. He got the close-up pics, but they never saw anyone on or near the boat.

  

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Bill...

                      And thanks to Robert Cope for forwarding us the e-mail

     

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was a shot of the  Grafton Ferry taken by Robert Slow Ride Cope.   He caught the ferry heading across an icy river in a beautiful Winter setting    

Boat Theft........ Received an e-mail from Russell Halloway about  a boat theft at the Duck Club !

 

Russell wrote;

 

Just wondering if anyone heard about the 40’ carver that was stolen out of the duck club last week ?   It was only docked a few slips away from my boat, the name of the boat was JUST DO IT.    If anyone saw or has any information that might help find the thief, they might want to contact the marine patrol, these kind of people we don’t need around our playground.

Russel Holloway

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the info Russell.  

                       Please contact the authorities if you seen anything.  

Alton Riverfront Amphitheater Update........ There was a news article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch with an update on Alton's proposed Riverfront Amphitheater.

Click here to read the story in STLtoday.com    

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....Ice Safety------  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release encouraging ice safety.  Take a moment to read it and please take heed.

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07060193  

New Years Day.... Winter Water Ski Fundraiser ------  

To all Wake boarders ,water-skiers, friends, is it getting to COLD for you ??????

WATER-SKIING ON NEW YEARS DAY on the Mississippi in front of the ARCH in St Louis 

If you would like to help, ski, attend, raise $$ or any thing please send me your e-mail and I will forward you the necessary info and set some plans for reaching our Goal !!!   Send an e-mail to Hotttdog@aol.com

  Click here for more information

 

REMEMBER  BE A CHAMPION !!

Kevin Day
LAKESHORE SKI CO.

 

 

Monday.....18 December 2006 ....

River Picture of the Day......  is of Dale (left) and Dave (right) taking a harbor cruise at Two Branch Marina yesterday afternoon !     Nice day for a ride.

   Actually they are paddling Dale's boat lift to the ramp to take it out of the water.  Notice they are wearing their life jackets.....And... Dale is paddling with a shovel.   

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was a shot of the  Grafton Ferry sent in by Mike Kolisch of the boat "Cool Breeze".  Mike snapped this picture of the ferry when it was still in the Mississippi River .... And...... heading towards the cut through to  the Illinois River.  

 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was a shot of  the Piasa Bird  taken by Tony Trice. The Piasa Bird is painted on a cliff along the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton, IL.    

ITCS Memo ......HIGH WATER CONDITIONS ON THE ILLINOIS RIVER ---- There is high water on the Illinois River...And it's got to be heading our way

Click here to read  ITCS Memo #2450  

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

Big Five Oh ! Birthday Party For Cindra At Sharky's Cove 


Cindra is the manager at Sharky's..... you all know her !

Stop by and help her celebrate
Everyone is welcome

DJ and finger foods

Dec 29th......Starts at  7:00 PM

 

 

Fri, Sat, Sun.....15, 16, 17 December 2006 .... 

River Picture and E-mail of the Day......(Sunday)  was sent in by Frank and Joy. It's a sunset and a new River Dawg.

 

Bill,

 

Taken at two branch just above Kinders.
May husband & our dog, Scrappy is always ready to go fishing. I just love to go out on the river and watch the sunset.  It reminds me that life is very short but the sunset of life can be very beautiful. 

Frank Joy & Scrappy

Major Bill Johnson (second from right, back row) shares his boating enthusiasm with members of Coalition Forces in Iraq 

 

 

River Picture and E-mail of the Day....(Saturday).. is part news and part advertisement from MarineMax. 

 

From Missouri Lakes to Iraqi Desert

MarineMax Boating Enthusiast & Serviceman Takes Boating Dream Abroad

 

 

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. —Dec. 15, 2006—When Major Bill Johnson and his wife Tammy purchased their boat three years ago from the dealership that would become MarineMax Port Arrowhead, boating instantly became a family pastime, a fun way to spend time with their four children. Today, stationed in Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major Johnson is keeping the boating dream close to his heart.

“It is times spent apart and separated from our families that we really cherish our time spent on the water boating, fishing and swimming,” says Johnson. “The memories we have will last a lifetime, and we hope our children grow up to share and remember the time on the water spent as a family.”

Johnson that he asked MarineMax sales manager David Paisley for MarineMax flags to take with him on his tour of duty in Iraq . “I asked for the flags to show support for MarineMax,” said Johnson in an email to Paisley . “You really impressed me with your level of concern and care for me and my family during our purchase of our boat and even after the sale. You went above and beyond on the sale because of your true American patriotism and genuine care for our service members…I know that you company supports all soldiers here and abroad.”

After a career in the military that has taken Johnson to such remote places as Bosnia , Kosovo , Germany and now Iraq , Johnson appreciates every bit of time he spends with his family. “Family members are the real fabric that keeps us – both soldiers and civilians – together. They are the quilt that keeps this nation warm,” he says. The time Johnson spends with his wife and four children, especially relaxing and enjoying life on the water provides memories he can cherish while away and something which he eagerly looks forward to upon his return. “In addition to MarineMax, I would like to thank all Family Readiness Groups for their support of deployed spouses during the holidays,” adds Johnson. 

MarineMax, the nation’s largest boating and yachting retailer, has a history of supporting members of the United States armed forces. Whether it’s working to ensure a new boat is ready for a soldier’s return or providing the service support a soldier’s family may need, MarineMax is committed to serving the individual men and women who defend our country. 

On a larger scale, the company also seeks opportunities to thank military personnel for their service. MarineMax Gulf Shores recently hosted a Military Appreciation Day for members of the 711th Signal Battalion, planning a day of island fun, food and festivities as a way to thank these brave men and women for protecting the American Dream.

For additional information, please visit www.marinemax.com

 

River Pictures of the Day......(Friday) are some pics from last weekend of the logging operation going on at Two Branch Island.  As you can see there are plenty of logs stacked up and ready to be trucked away.  Two Branch Island is across the river directly behind the piles of logs.  

   Some readers were afraid that the island was going to be stripped and cleared, but that is not what 's going on.  The area of the island behind these logs has already been cut.... and as you can see there are still plenty of trees standing .   

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

Sunday  

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was is from Captain Greg Sadowski.  It was another of Greg's, Dave Kelly and Don Accord  boat trips....this time to Florida.  

 

Greg wrote in his e-mail:

 

Bill,

Here's a picture of the "Barbara Ann"

This boat was sold by Tony Green of Safe Harbor Yacht Sales, and has left the Alton pool.

 

   I took this picture at Paducah on the Tennessee River. It's on its way to Key West Florida. The trip will take several weeks. It was owned by Dan and Barb Wagner and was docked just above Liberty Harbor.

They lived on it there for about 4 years.

Greg

 

 

  

 

          The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of some of the River Crowd at Stevies Rays on Main Street in St. Charles at the annual "River Christmas Party". 

 

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Saturday  

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was a shot of the Love Shack.   It's a clubhouse on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River just up from the Brussels Ferry.  The sign caught our attention on a cruise up to Hardin in October of 2005.  

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of a  boat heading home for the winter on a cold dreary day last week. The road and the house shown here are at the end of highway "C" on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River at about UMR 231.5.

 

 

Friday    

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was of a shot from the Summer of 2005.  It was a dose of blue water and blue sky .  This is a sun set picture taken taken at water level behind Two Branch Island .......

     Two Rivers Marina chose this picture later on for their ad button.........The button is just to the right of this text.

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of a towboat pushing a barge full of mulch. Took this picture around the end of October in  2005 because of the contents of the barge caught my eye.  The picture was later re-published  by Jack Simpson in his Bitts & Bytes Newsletter.

 

 

Added New Section....River & Boater Message Boards in the left hand column, near the top of this page.  Check it out ...More coming 

Water Resources Development Act Dies In Congress.........  The WRDA died in Congress on December 5th according to a news article in the Waterways Journal.

 

Click here to read the story.

Click here to read a Waterways Journal editorial.

Click here for more info on the WRDA bill on GovTrack.US

 

 

Thursday.....14 December 2006 .... 

 

River Picture of the Day...... is another River Winter Wonderland picture from Michael Stuertz, who hails out of Liberty Harbour .  

 

Mike named it:

A Frozen Nautique.

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    

  The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was of a very large River Shark........   This 6 ft monster fish was hanging from a tree along the river's edge when I first spotted it .......... at........ Captain Jack's Bar and Grill.  

  

    Ok ! .....it's made of plastic, but I think that the night time lighting effects made it look pretty real in these pictures.

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of a 2 story house with a red barn on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River near UMR 234.

 

 

ITCS Memo #2448......St. Louis River Stage Forecast

 

   The St Louis district ACOE Water Control office issued a St. Louis river stage forecast for the next 5 days. 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo.

RiverBills.com Visitor Stats are out for November.........  The visitor stats are in for November  2006....

25,725 unique visitors !

-  Up ........7,650 from the November 2005 numbers. 

-  Down.... 3,206 from the October 2006 numbers

 Click here to look at the visitor stats chart.

Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District..........  A new article in Firehouse.com describes the new fire district that protects some of our marinas and harbors.  The new district  will be created from a merger of the West Alton and Portage des Sioux fire protection services and will be named "Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District"  

 

Click here to read the story on Firehouse.com

Big Five Oh ! Birthday Party For Cindra At Sharky's Cove 


Cindra is the manager at Sharky's..... you all know her !

Stop by and help her celebrate
Everyone is welcome

DJ and finger foods

Dec 29th......Starts at  7:00 PM

 

 

Wednesday.....13 December 2006 .... 

 

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River Picture of the Day...... from Michael Stuertz .  It's a Great River Winter Wonderland picture of a frozen slider.

 

 

Michael wrote:

 I thought you'd enjoy the pics. 

 

Happy holidays

Michael of Liberty Harbour

 

RiverBill says....The picture is postcard quality....good shot Michael !

OK......... I didn't know what a slider was,  so I had to e-mail Michael to ask the question.  

 

Michael's reply:

  The frozen slider is like for wakeboarding or wakeskateing like you ride by it then ramp onto it and grind on it hope this attached pic explains it.

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) ....was sent in by Debbie House.   It's a  silhouette of a southbound tow  with an orange sun setting behind it.   

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of the cliffs and Popleton navigational light at UMR 233.5 on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River on a cold dreary day.. Since the leaves are off the trees this cliff and the reddish colored layer of rock at the top is more noticeable this time of the year.

 

From 3500 Feet........  Capt'n Greg Sadowski sent us an interesting e-mail from 3500 ft in the air.

 

Greg wrote:

I won't be able to go to Jamaica with everyone,
Because I'm off to deliver another boat.
Just left LA bound for Tokyo.
I have free wireless Internet at 3500 ft. , flying Singapore Air, The Stewardess are very nice. 
We hope to leave Japan on Friday, Destination New Zealand.
I may not be home for awhile, but I'll try to stay in touch.
Here are some pictures..
Greg

 

MyFoxSTL.com...News Report - Who Is Liable For Ice & Snow Damage ?  MyFoxStl.com  had a good report on the liability associated with the recent Ice and snow damage in our area, including at the marinas.

 

Click here to watch the MyFoxStl.com news report.

CW11tv.com...News Report About Storm Damage in the St. Charles Area....  features a news report about John's Boat Harbor.

 

Click here to watch theCW11tv.com news report.

 

 

Tuesday.....12 December 2006 .... 

 

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River Picture of the Day...... is of River Dawg "Bandit", who belong to Kris and Lou Silverberg.    Bandit was watching the boat salvage effort at Two Branch Marina last Saturday when I snapped his picture. 

 

  What a good looking boxer !

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) ..... was sent in by Captain Mike Kolisch.  Mike wrote in his e-mail;

Here are some pictures that I took today (Sunday) near Sharky's.    My daughter, Emily, and I spotted 4 guys in a jon boat breaking through the ice in Dardenne Slough.  What a noise they made.  As they passed by we could see they were deer hunters on their way to the island.

River Bill says......Thanks for the pictures Mike......Buoy that water looks COLD !

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was a "set of two pictues" of a southbound tow being pushed by a Retractable Wheelhouse Towboat. The first one is from the Winfield Live-Cam of the Tow locking through the Dam  and the 2nd picture is of the same tow heading down-river past Mike D's place at UMR 231.5. 

   I also found a picture of retractable wheelhouse towboat with the wheelhouse retracted all the way down. Really looks different !   Take a look.

 

Big Five Oh ! Birthday Party For Cindra At Sharky's Cove 


Cindra is the manager at Sharky's..... you all know her !

Stop by and help her celebrate
Everyone is welcome

DJ and finger foods

Dec 29th......Starts at  7:00 PM

Myfoxstl.com...News Report - About the Sunken Boats in Harbors........ MyFoxStl.com  interviewed Pat Riley at Two Branch Marina on Saturday as they were starting to raise their sunken boat.  It's the same boat that we had pictures of  yesterday on RiverBill's.

 

Click here to watch the MyFoxStl.com news report.

 

 

Monday ..... 11 December 2006 .... 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Winter Storm Damage Update------  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release about  "downed docks and boats on Missouri's waterways".

   The news release includes warnings about getting near unstable docks, wearing your life jacket, not venturing into areas that are not safe and reporting hazards such as fuel leakage and downed power lines.

   "The Water Patrol is requesting that boat traffic in affected damage areas throughout the state be kept to a minimum." 


Click here
 to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07060191

Pat Riley in the water  

Attaching the air bags & blowing them up to raise the boat

 

Up out of the water.

Pat is holding the bow down to keep water from coming in the back

 

Pumping water from the hull---green hose on left

 

Left to right

Lou Silverberg, Pat Riley and Tony Roberson

 

Floating on it's own

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River Pictures of the Day...... are of Pat Riley and crew raising their boat at Two Branch Marina on Saturday.  In the first pic you see Pat in the icy water attaching blow-up airbags to the stern of the boat and then filling the bags with air to raise the stern out of the water.   A few pictures down you can see the large green hose they used to pump the water out of the hull.....and several hours later they had it above water and floating on it's own.  

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for inviting me out to watch your salvage operation....good job.  Hope you get it repaired and running again.

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was  looking out of the mouth of the harbor at Two Branch Marina around the UMR 231.5 mile marker.  The sheets of ice are gone from the main channel of the river, but there is still plenty of ice in the harbor.  Also capture a large bird hanging out right at the edge of the ice and the open water....Waiting for a meal to swim by. 

        Notice that Winter-Blue water.

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of a great looking house on Cuivre River Slough around UMR 234. This pic was taken on one of our last boat rides on the River for the year 2004.

 

Mississippi River Navigation Notice ......Locks 11-22.... Information on Winter Lockage Hours and repairs to lock 11 &19.

 

Click here to read the Navigation Notice 

The Powder Keg Band....... One of or favorite river bands....Stripper Named Phoebe,,,,,,,is no more !   We thank the band for playing Jamaica Daze and River Bill's Rocking River Extravaganza.  You guys were great....and Thanks !

   

    Dale Williams is now a member of the band....Powder Keg !

 

Click here and check them out or pick on their link in the right hand column.

Spend New Years Eve At Sharky's Cove........ 

$ 15.00 cover charge per person

Includes:

.....Appetizer Buffet & More from 7-9
.....Live Music by "Sitting Ducks" 9-1
.....Champagne at Midnight
.....Cash Bar

      Click here for Sharkys Cove website

 

 

The Weekend Report ..... 08, 09, 10 December 2006 .... 

   Updated Fri @ 12:30 PM

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Winter Storm Damage Update------  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release about  "downed docks and boats on Missouri's waterways".

   The news release includes warnings about getting near unstable docks, wearing your life jacket, not venturing into areas that are not safe and reporting hazards such as fuel leakage and downed power lines.

   "The Water Patrol is requesting that boat traffic in affected damage areas throughout the state be kept to a minimum." 


Click here
 to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07060191

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Winter Storm Damage......Sea Lord III.... & ....River Winter Wonderland

 

   

Hi Bill,

 

1st picture

   This is a picture to follow of The Sea Lord III and it's dock fighting to stay erect under the pressure of the snow and ice. 

2nd picture

   I thought you might like this picture I took of the snow across the yard along the river near Rich Goslin's place in the Dardene Slough at the end of Huster Rd. I thought it was kind of neat the way the tree made it's shadow on the snow. Rich's dock was hit pretty hard by the ice and snow but so far the roof is still holding up although a couple of the arms of the dock were under water. With each day of melt down it emerges from the water a little more.  We are hopeful that there will be little damage to repair as the spring storms had already played havoc with the dock earlier this year. 

   Thanks again for your wonderful website we visit it daily. 

Sincerely, 
Captain Rich and First Mate Linda of The Sea Lord III

              

PIC 006

 

Winter Storm Damage......Alton Motorboat Club

 

 

Cheryl and Dan Rauschkolb wrote;

 

   

Bill,

    Here are some pics of the Alton Motorboat club docks after last weeks storm. One boat is completely submerged under water on pic 006 there is a boat underneath the rubble, you can just barely see the ladders sticking up.

Nice meeting you at Jamaica Daze 2006

Cheryl & Dan Rauschkolb
Alton Motorboat Club Members

 

Click here for more pictures

 

RiverBill says........Thanks for the pictures Cheryl and Dan.  Hope your boat is OK !  

              

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Pictures of the Day......River.. Winter Wonderland Pictures .....(Friday)      from Clarence Torti..........

 

Clarence wrote;

 

   I just found your site and thought I would send you these pics taken the day after the ice storm........

Clarence 

 

RiverBill says...."Welcome Aboard" Clarence.......Thanks for the pictures!  

            Keep them coming.  I bet you get a lot of good shots from your deck.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

Friday

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .....was taken by Capt'n (of the camera) Pat Reid of Crystal Photography.   It's a shot looking down Sandy Slough at a tow heading up-river towards Winfield Lock and Dam.   Notice how low the water is right now in the slough.  There is a bit of ice forming in the shallow areas of the slough and deeper water is still open. 

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) ......was of Winfield Dam with all of the gates open because of the high water. This pic was taken by Capt'n Tony Trice earlier in the year of 2004.

 

Saturday   

The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was sent in by Mike D.  Mike who has a house on the river at about the 231.5 UMR mile marker.  He captured the first   sheets of ice floating down the river.   I also got a picture off of the Winfield Live-Cam of the sheets of ice collecting above the lock gates.

Channel 5 News Report From Two Branch Marina........ Channel 5 News did a report about the damage at Two Branch Marina and the Alton Pool on Wednesday.    

   If you missed it on TV  click here to read the story and watch the video on KSDK NewsChannel5.com

 

RiverBill says....I think that is Mike D's skiff motoring about the harbor.  

                            George and Dianne .......you look good on TV !

Spend New Years Eve At Sharky's Cove........ 

$ 15.00 cover charge per person

Includes:

.....Appetizer Buffet & More from 7-9
.....Live Music by "Sitting Ducks" 9-1
.....Champagne at Midnight
.....Cash Bar

      Click here for Sharkys Cove website

 

A New Restaurant In Alton, IL With A River View........ Another place to dine while enjoying a view of the Alton Mississippi Riverfront and the Clark Bridge......... Gentelin's, 122 E. Broadway, Alton, IL.   

 

Click here to read the story in on-line Alton Telegraph    

 

 

 Thirsty Thursday ..... 07 December 2006 .... 

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River.. Winter Wonderland..... Another River ..Winter Wonderland picture !  This one is from David Haas..........It's  Frosty at the boat dock....notice the damage in the background.

RiverBill says....Good picture David !  

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was the first entry for the "December"  Grafton Ferry picture Contest.  It was an entry sent in by Capt'n Carl Seidler who hails out of Grafton Harbor.  He captured the ferry leaving the Grafton ferry landing and heading across the Illinois River towards Missouri with a load of cars.....And of course......... those gulls, all lined up on the parking lot..looking downriver ...into the wind.

  

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) .......was of a southbound tow entering the lock at Winfield Dam.  It is almost hidden from view because of the brightness of the spotlight. That is a harbor tug on the port side supplying some help to get it into the lock. This pic was from the Winfield Dam River-cam.

Woodland Marina Ice Storm Cleanup....... Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the cruiser "After You", sent us some additional pictures of the damage and of the on-going cleanup activities at the marina.

 

Darryll wrote:

Went up to check on the boat. So far, so good. It appears the docks have sunk a couple of inches at the finger ends, probably because the shore side ice is melting faster. Took some pictures of our docks and some of the cleanup process. Check them out at:

Darryll

 

Click here for more pictures of the damage and on-going cleanup.

Cleanup at Two Branch Marina........ Dianne Krause, office manager at Two Branch Marina told me today they were applying rock salt to the roofs of the docks that remain standing in an attempt to melt the snow off.

   I also heard that Channel 5 News had a report about the damage and cleanup going on at the marina yesterday evening.

   

It's times like these that make boaters drink !

Marina Damage Story ........ StLtoday had an article in yesterday's on-line edition about the damage at the marinas in St. Charles County.

 

Click here to read the article in STLtoday.com    

People Look-Up ............  Received an e-mail from Little John yesterday.  It don't have anything to do with the river or boating, but it sure is something to be aware of right now...........

 

John wrote: 

 

Bill

   I had a situation yesterday, not unlike Grumpy Old Men, but not nearly as funny.
   I was standing near a steel building, and from nowhere, and with no time to respond, about 60 to 80 pounds of ice, in a two ft. by three ft. block, flattened me to the ground.
   I am fairly beat up, and bruised, But a trip to Dr. John, My Chiropractor, should do it.

   This is something, right now, that most of us do not think of.    PLEASE pay attention, this stuff is heavy, sharp, and HURTS and it is most everywhere.

Little John  

Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine........The December 2006 on-line edition of  Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine is out.  

   Take a look at the picture on the cover...I think it's awsome !

   This month's edition paper edition has some information about erosion control myths...... such as dumping junk cars, old washing machines into streams to stop erosion.      

   Click here to check it out

 

Grafton Lighthouse Fund........ Added a link in the left hand column for the Grafton Lighthouse Fund.    They are trying to raise money to build us a river lighthouse in Grafton, IL.   I think it will be another good addition to pool 26.

   Click here to check it out ....

 

 

 Wednesday ..... 06 December 2006 .... 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Winter Storm Warning for Waterways------  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release about the winter storm that passed through the area on Thursday night and some precautionary measures for affected waterways:

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07060190

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River.. Winter Wonderland..... Another River ..Winter Wonder-Landscape shot from Lynne Williams.   I think this is a view from their house.  It's looking down the Mississippi River at the bluffs just below the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  

RiverBill says....Thanks so much for the pictures Lynne.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was of a very large boat and a houseboat entering the lock at Winfield Dam.   This is just a guess....And nothing but a guess.......I was guessing that it was Captain Greg Sadowski and Dave Kelly on another of their delivery cruises...And it was ! 

    This pic is from the Core Of Engineers Winfield Live Cam

 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) .......was of the Party Pavilion at South Shore Harbor on Dardeene Slough at about UMR 226.5 mile marker..

Dan Owens Boat Photo Museum....... Added a link to Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum in the left hand column.  Boat Photo Museum that is located in Maryville, Mo. It consists of about 40,000 photos of inland waterway boats.....mostly towboats.  It is not on-line, but I heard that if you e-mail him he usually has a photo of the towboat your looking for.

 

Click here for more info.  

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

 

 

 Tuesday ..... 05 December 2006 .... 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Winter Storm Warning for Waterways------  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release about the winter storm that passed through the area on Thursday night and some precautionary measures for affected waterways:

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07060190

12-01-06

 Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol  is asking everyone to stay away from the marinas in our area.  All have damage.......the weight of the snow on the roofs of the docks is causing docks to sink and collapse.   Stay off the docks !   Stay away from the Marinas.  Traffic on the water is limited to essential personal only ! 

Thanks,

Lou Amighetti

Mo State Water Patrol

Snow Storm Damage at Eagles Landing  Marina...... sent in by Chuck

Snow Storm Damage ...... Aerial shots of some of the marinas sent in by Lindell Gray.   Click here.

Port Charles...Update.......  

  

Bill,

Thank you so much for posting my message to all "River Bill" followers. River Bills has once again proved to be a very important part of our river community. People know just where to go for the latest "River News". Thank you for the great job that you do! 
I have updated our website, www.portcharlesharbor.com with storm/dock damage pictures. 

I hope that your boat is still okay...........Ours was in the dock that fell 

Gina Hopkins
Port Charles Harbor

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was of Jim and Barbara Svoboda at the Con Trios Yacht Club's Holiday Party at the Crowne Plaza  last year.

Winter Storm Page ------  New pictures from the daily edition of RiverBills.com will be added to the " Nov 30 Snow Storm page" in the left column.   Click here and check them out.

Lake Ozarks Winter Storm Damage ------  

 

 http://dealerimpact.com/ozarks/ 

 

 I received e-mails from the following folks with the above link..... to pictures of winter storm damage at Lake of the Ozarks..

Bob Slough,  Jim Vineyard  and  Lloyd Bollinger

 

 

 Monday, Monday ..... 04 December 2006 .... 

12-01-06

 Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol  is asking everyone to stay away from the marinas in our area.  All have damage.......the weight of the snow on the roofs of the docks is causing docks to sink and collapse.   Stay off the docks !   Stay away from the Marinas.  Traffic on the water is limited to essential personal only ! 

Thanks,

Lou Amighetti

Mo State Water Patrol

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Our River Picture of the Day....... sent in by Lynne Willams.   Lynne and husband Dale live the Missouri side of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  I called the Williams residence and left a message last Thursday evening while I was stuck snow storm traffic.....asking for one of Lynne's River Winter Wonderland pictures.    

    And here it is...... the snowy banks of the islands at the confluence on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in the foreground with Tara Point and the bluffs of Grafton, Illinois in the distance.  The Illinois River can be seen through the trees on the islands and the channel markers for the Grafton Ferry on the left hand side of the picture..  

 

River Bill says.....More of Lynne's pictures tomorrow.   

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Snow Storm Damage at Two Rivers Marina...... 

Hello everyone,

The storm got to us at Two Rivers Marina also.   Attached is our boat on C dock .

ED & NANCEE SHAHAN 
BOAT NUTS BROKERAGE FIRM
  

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was sent in by Capt'n Mark Cutler of the boat "Cuttys Ark". 

Hi Bill,

 Well, here are a few pics of my crazy wife (Susan) and son (Zac) who water skied the Dardenne Slough last Saturday.  That’s right the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Nick Vohman (Dave and Pam’s son) was also there, but he had the good sense not to ski.  Water temp posted on your website that day was 41 degrees.  Some people never get enough skiing…..

Mark Cutler

 

 

  

  The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) .......was sent in by Greg Moore. It is a picture of the Clark Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River at Alton, IL.. 

  Note the strange red glow in the sky that extends all the way down onto the rock dike . 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Winter Storm Warning for Waterways------  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release about the winter storm that passed through the area on Thursday night and some precautionary measures for affected waterways:

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07060190

Winter Storm Page ------  Added a Nov 30 Snow Storm page to the left column with pictures and info on the winter storm that passed through our area last Thursday night.   Click here and check it out.

River Dawg ....Gyspy..... Has been added to the River Dawg page.  

Click here to check out all of RiverBill's River Dawgs.  

 

 

 The Weekend Report   Fri, Sat & Sun ..... 01, 02, 03 December 2006 .... 

Updated Sun @ 10:00AM

12-01-06

 Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol  is asking everyone to stay away from the marinas in our area.  All have damage.......the weight of the snow on the roofs of the docks is causing docks to sink and collapse.   Stay off the docks !   Stay away from the Marinas.  Traffic on the water is limited to essential personal only ! 

Thanks,

Lou Amighetti

Mo State Water Patrol

Updated @ 10:00AM

Snow Damage At The Yacht Club...... Capt'n Rick Dorn sent us some pictures of the Yacht Club St. Louis.

 

Rick wrote: 

 

River Bill,
Here is a link to some shots of Yacht Club Saint Louis that I have taken Saturday, 12-02-2006. Looks like the Marina faired pretty well. Wish I could say the same for all our neighboring marinas, but wanted to share these photos so that fellow boaters who may be out of the area or unable to check on their boats will have some heads up.
Thanks, Rick 
A.K.A LUNATIC, REDDY FREDDY

     

Click here for more pics.

Updated @ 6:30 PM

Port Charles...Closed.......  

  

Bill,

Since so many of our customers are loyal "River Bill" followers I was hoping that you might be able to post this message. Thanks so much!

At this time Port Charles Harbor is currently closed for saftey reasons. We faired the winter storm better than some of the other marinas, but we lost dock 6. Our crew has been working since 3:00 am Friday morning to secure and maintain the rest of the docks. Some of the docks are extremely unstable. Electric was restored to Dock 6 yesterday afternoon, and our crew has been removing the roof structure from the boats.
I will be posting some pictures on www.portcharlesharbor.com in a few days. 

Warmer days are ahead!!

Gina Hopkins
Port Charles Harbor

www.portcharlesharbor.com 

Updated @ 6:30 PM

More Pics of Snow Damage At John's Boat harbor...... Debbie House sent us some additional pics of the damage at John's Boat Harbor

 

     Click here for more pics.

Updated @ 6:30 PM

Need Help Raising Your Boat ?......  

   If you need help raising their boats do not hesitate to call Pat Riley 636-299-2728. We can't do anything until the electricity is turned off but do not worry to much.   At the water's temperature there will be little or no severe damage to the boats as long as they stay under the water, its when they come up that the rusting starts. 

    Again I hope you are safe and secure and if you need anything let me know. 

Pat Riley 636-299-2728

Updated @ 6:00 AM

More Pics of Snow Damage At Two Branch Marina...... Matt & Gwen Hahn sent us some additional pics of the damage at Two Branch marina

 

     Click here for more pics.

Updated @ 6:00 AM

More Pics of Snow Damage At Multiple Marinas...... Jeff Craig sent us some pics of the damage at multiple marinas..  I think they are Woodland, Lake Center, the Duck Club and Polestar.

 

     Click here for more pics.

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Updated @ 5:30 AM

More Pics of Snow Damage At Woodland...... 

Capt'n Darryll Weil sent us an e-mail with more pics of the damage at Woodland Marina.

 

Darryll wrote:

 

Posted some pictures I took of the damage to docks and boats at Woodland Marina from last night's ice storm. So far our boat is still floating although the docks are listing about 15 degrees towards the open harbor. My guess is that at least 40 to 50 boats and docks have been destroyed. These are docks that survived the ice storm about 8 years ago where about 100 boats and docks were lost. Talked to some of the other boat owners while we were there, pretty devastating. Several of the boats that are still actually floating may still be lost because the power is off to the collapsed docks and bilge heaters cannot run so the boats (which are not winterized) will eventually freeze the sea gates and sink. Will head back up there as soon as we can get onto the docks. Right now our row of docks are stable and our power is still on. To see the pictures click on the link below.

http://captainweil.com/WoodlandIceStorm2006

Darryll

 

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Updated @ 5:30 AM

Snow Damage At Polestar Marina...... These pictures were taken Friday of the snow damage at Polestar Marina by Mike Halley of the Cruiser Over Exposed.

Mike wrote:

 

Here are some pics of the damage at Polestar Marine. Mine & Karen's boat "Over Exposed" is in the damage. Dock 3 is collapsed

 

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Updated @ 4:30 AM

Snow Damage At John's Boat Harbor...... These pictures were taken Friday morning of the snow damage at John's Boat Harbor.  Debbie House told us Friday evening that another one of their docks collapsed  after these pictures were taken.     Click here for more pics.

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Updated @ 1:50

Snow Damage At Two Branch marina....... Above are a few pictures taken this morning of the snow damage at Two Branch Marina. The weight of the snow is causing the docks to sink and collapse.

  

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Updated @ 1:50

Snow Damage at Woodland Marina  ------  

Click here for pictures from Woodland Marina sent in by Little John

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Our River Picture of the Day....... is of a river-sunset last weekend. The winter water sure reflected the red and blue hues from the sky as the sun set last Saturday evening.  

   This picture was taken around the UMR 231.5 mile marker of the Mississippi River with Two Branch Island and the Calhoun County shore-line merging in the evening light to form a silhouette of the distant shore. 

   I am sure it looks a bit different today after the snow storm we had yesterday.         

 

Click here for a picture of the conditions last night as recorded by the Winfield Dam web-cam.  Look real close and you can see a tow just up-river of the lock gates.

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture held the anchor spot on RiverBill's last year on this day ? 

 

Friday

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was sent in by Brad Hefferon. It is of a 408 Meridian being unloaded off of a semi at Port Arrowhead, along Highway 70 near Highway 94.

  Brad wrote in his e-mail;

These are not your Typical River pictures, but thought you might find these interesting.  These Pictures are of the Crew at Port Arrowhead of St. Louis Offloading a 408 Meridian Yacht off of the Semi Truck on Tues Nov, 29.  The boat came from the factory in the state of  Washington .  The Truck driver said it took him 8 days from the factory to us.  It took 2 cranes to offload the boat which is 42.2’ Long 14.4’ Wide and has a Dry Displacement of 29,000 lbs.  For anyone who doesn’t know the crane's are the exact same way we get the big Cruisers and Yachts into the St. Louis Boat Show and other shows that we take them to.  It’s a little bit different and definitely more nerve racking than your typical Travel Lift that can be used out at a Marina.

 

  

  The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2004) .......was of the rusty towboat America as it sat moored on the Illinois side of the Mississippi just below Winfield Dam in the Fall of 2003. The next pic a ghostly looking up-close shot of the vessel. Notice that someone left a window open. Of course we have a rear view. These pictures were taken by Capt'n Tony Trice who hails out of Woodland Marina.  

 

SaturdayUpdated @ 1:50

    The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2005) .......was 

was sent in by Captain Glenn Sadowski out of Woodland Marina.  Glenn wrote in his e-mail;

In regard to today's  (11-30-05) "Not your normal Patrol" ....

Hats off to all those emergency responders!

Here's a photo of the Auxiliary Vessel "Liberty"  that I snapped on that day.

 

River Bill says.......... A person has to wonder just what is going in the minds of these folks when this picture was snapped.  They are heading out towards a large burning boat and all kinds of things could happen.  Looks like the firefighters, a man and a woman,  are from Orchard Farm (OFFPD).  The Coast guard Auxiliary is transporting them to the fire.  

  Both, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Firefighters did a fine job on that day...And they usually don't get enough credit for it.  

 

As you said......

HATS OFF TO ALL THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS.  

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Holiday Party  ------  is this Saturday.

Crown Plaza Hotel (Lindbergh & Highway 70)

Bridgeton, Mo

Music by Rail

For more information click here.

Go to ..........http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/

 

 

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